Coronavirus COVID-19 Guidance and Information for Healthcare Professionals

Updated January 12, 2022

This page has been automatically translated from English. MSDH has not reviewed this translation and is not responsible for any inaccuracies.

Healthcare Provider Guidance and Resources

Patient Handouts

Vaccination Providers

COVID-19 Therapeutics

Monoclonal Antibody Therapy

Oral Antivirals

Ordering: The federal government has designed the Healthcare Provider Ordering Portal (HPOP) for management of COVID-19 therapeutics. At the current time, only the state can place orders for antivirals (Paxlovid and Molnupiravir) in HPOP. You will be able to see courses ordered for your site on your HPOP account.

Required reporting: Administration and on-hand inventory of Paxlovid and Molnupiravir should be entered into HPOP by the provider site at the end of every business day. Timely and accurate inventory reporting is necessary for federal partners to determine subsequent state allocations.


Remdesivir has been studied in nonhospitalized patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are at high risk of progressing to severe disease. Remdesivir is currently approved by the FDA for use in hospitalized individuals, and outpatient treatment would be an off-label indication.

Ordering Remdesivir: Remdesivir is commercially available and should be ordered through standard pharmaceutical procurement processes.


Reporting COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19 Deaths

Health Facilities

Specimen Collection, Delivery and Reporting

Specimen Reporting

SARS-CoV-2 Virus Strain Surveillance

Map and Directions for Laboratory Dropoff

The Dr. F.E.”ED” Thompson, Jr. Public Health Laboratory Facility is on the State Department of Health's central office campus in Jackson, MS at 350 East Woodrow Wilson Drive, Jackson, 39216.

Local Delivery of Samples: Drop samples off at the rear of the Thompson lab building. Detailed instructions are in our sample shipping guidance.

Dropoff hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00–4:30.

Mississippi Health Alert Network

CDC Guidance

Healthcare and EMS

Persons Under Investigation (PUI)

Other Guidances

More from the CDC

Recommendations for Universal Mask Use for Healthcare Professionals

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) continues to recommend that healthcare workers wear masks throughout the workday. N95 or KN95 masks should not be used routinely but preserved for those caring directly for patients with COVID-19 or those suspected of having COVID-19. This recommendation applies to healthcare professionals working in patient care areas, even when they are not in a patient-facing role.

Healthcare professionals included in this recommendation are all paid and unpaid persons serving in healthcare settings with the potential for either direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials, contaminated medical supplies or contaminated environmental surfaces.

Please realize masks should be used in addition to (not instead of) continuing proper distancing and proper hand hygiene.

Proper hand hygiene should be performed after donning and doffing the mask. Masks should be replaced when they become soiled, moist or damaged. Masks can be replaced at various time points as directed by your healthcare institution, following hygienic principles. If surgical masks are not readily available due to restrictions in supply, masks of similar quality produced by local industry or homemade cloth masks can be used as directed by your institution. Cloth masks should be laundered at home daily in hot water and dried with high heat. See CDC guidelines for cloth masks ».

When caring for patients with possible COVID-19 symptoms, MSDH still recommends a minimum complement of a surgical mask, eye protection and gloves. When caring for patients with known COVID-19 we strongly recommend strict compliance with CDC infection control guidance »

Last reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

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